Major James “Jim” M. Hoskins ‘81

“When the opportunity window opens, you better jump through feet first.”

Hoskins earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1981 and embarked on a career in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer, ultimately achieving the rank of major while serving as a leader in the United States Intelligence Community. His government and military experience included key assignments at the Air Force Cryptologic Depot, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Central Intelligence Agency. In recognition of his many contributions to the intelligence community, he received the Distinguished Intelligence Service Medal from the Director of Central Intelligence, the Bronze Medallion from the Director of the National Security Agency and two Defense Superior Service Medals from the Secretary of Defense.

In 1994, Hoskins retired from the Air Force and joined Seiter Corporation, one of the nation’s leading providers of engineering services to the intelligence community. He advanced in the company to become president, then CEO and chairman of the Scitor board of directors. His vision, leadership, and experience helped Scitor grow from an annual revenue of $16 million to more than $600 million today, employing more than 1,400 employees.

Hoskins is a founding member of Auburn Research & Development Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering scientific and engineering research in our state and enhancing economic development in our region. Hoskins is a former member of the Auburn University Foundation Board, the Auburn University Real Estate Foundation, the BTIA Campaign Executive Committee, the BTIA Engineering Campaign Committee and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Council Research Advisory Council. He is currently a member of the 1856 Society, Petrie Society, Shug Jordan Society, Keystone Society, Ginn Society, Foy Society, the Athletics Strategic Advisory Committee and a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association. He and his wife, Bertha ’80, have a son, Alexander, who is a 2010 Auburn graduate.